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Holiday decorations add beauty to your home and make the season more festive. To keep your family and your home safe during the holiday season, remember these decorating safety tips:

Diagonally cut 2 inches from the trunk before placing it in a stand; this allows the tree to collect water easily. The stand should have a wide base & contain water at all times to reduce fire risk.

Place the tree at least 3 feet away from a heat source in your home.

Always buy lights and other electric decorations bearing the name of an independent testing lab, such as UL. When using, follow the manufacturer’s instructions for installation and maintenance.

Inspect new and previously used lights for damage and throw away any that are broken. Do not connect more than three sets of lights to one extension cord.

Unplug lights and blow out candles when going to bed or leaving your home. Also, watch kids and pets around candles and lights.

Best wishes for a safe & happy holiday season!